It’s like a battlefield out there, with drivers screaming and fighting just to get down the roadway. To help to reduce the risks of aggression-related car and trucking accidents in Boca Raton and elsewhere in the state, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is pushing its Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks campaign. From March 30th through April 4th, troopers with the FHP will be on the hunt for car and truck drivers who express aggressive driving habits on Florida roadways.
Troopers will be on the lookout for drivers who are speeding, changing lanes excessively and following other vehicles too closely. If you’re busted displaying any of these aggressive driving habits, you can wind up with a costly ticket from a state trooper. When you think about it, it’s better than the alternative — a fatal traffic accident.
Our Boca Raton trucking accident lawyers understand that no aggressive driver is safe during this campaign.
The Florida Highway Patrol has teamed up with the Florida Trucking Association to make sure that all drivers are on the same page. Both the Association and state troopers will be conducting a number of events and activities at schools and community centers statewide to help to educate drivers about the risks associated with aggressive driving habits.
“Safety on Florida’s roadways is a cooperative effort by cars and trucks alike. As an industry, safety is at the top of our minds — it matters above all else,” said Mary Lou Rajchel, President and CEO of the Florida Trucking Association.
Rajchel says that she and the Administration are thankful to have the opportunity to combine the “No Zone,” “big trucks equal big blind spots,” and the “see what our drivers see” messages. Safe-driving habits around trucks have always been a top priority of safe driving advocates around the state. That’s because accidents that involve large, commercial vehicles are likely to produce fatal results. That’s why it’s so important to practice safe, cautious and defensive driving habits when traveling near one another.
The campaign will be also be spreading its anti-aggression message through billboards and radio messages throughout the state, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV). The safe-driving message not only warns drivers of the heightened risks for a ticket with aggressive driving, but the also the heightened risks for a fatal accident.
Right now, there are 11 states that enforce aggressive driving-related laws, according to the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA)/ In the state of Florida, officers can pull over a driver and classify actions as aggressive driving if a driver commits at least two of the following:
-Failing to obey traffic control devices.
-Improperly passing vehicles.
-Failing to yield to the right-of-way.
-Improperly or unsafely changing lanes.